Spotlight

Day in the life: Marching Tar Heel

Whether she’s helping direct the Marching Tar Heels or samples in a research lab, senior Betsy Unger keeps her life as a Carolina student up tempo. Music is her passion, but balancing hours of rehearsals with earning her degree and gaining experience in her field of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences requires…

A home for virtually everything North Carolina

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is best known as the website with digital scans of yearbooks from almost every college and university in the state. And while it’s certainly fun to look at the clothes and hairstyles students were sporting in the 1990s – or the 1890s, for that matter – the center has…

New fund, familiar centers and a piece of history

Carolina ranks among the top 10 research universities in the country, and University leaders want to capitalize on that success to transform ideas from the lab to the marketplace. Translating critical faculty in research to ways that directly benefit society, and at the same time, supporting innovation and entrepreneurial activities across campus have been priorities…

Cone named Interim Vice Chancellor of Commercialization and Economic Development

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Judith Cone, current special assistant to the chancellor and interim director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, as interim vice chancellor of commercialization and economic development. In this newly created position, Cone will drive Carolina’s commitment to translate University research and ideas…

Displaying students’ dreams

For months, Tafadzwa “Taf” Matika has been asking Carolina students to share their dreams. As he stood in the Student Union’s gallery this week — surrounded by visualizations of others’ goals, hopes and aspirations — Matika saw one of his own dreams come to fruition, too. The nearly 200 photos filling the wall created the…

Carolina Research Venture Fund to support UNC-Chapel Hill startups

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees announced Wednesday the formation of the Carolina Research Venture Fund, a fund to help University startup companies overcome funding gaps, accelerate growth and more quickly bring Carolina’s best-in-class research to real-world application. “Some of the best and brightest ideas in science and business are…

Celebrating MLK Day

With no class Monday, Ashlyn Vinson had the perfect opportunity to stretch her weekend another day and catch some extra sleep. But that’s not how she believes Martin Luther King Day should be commemorated. Instead, the UNC-Chapel Hill senior psychology student spent the sunrise sorting through hundreds of canned foods with dozens of volunteers at…

Five sayings from your mother that could keep you healthy

As an infectious disease epidemiologist and a mother of two young children, Emily Sickbert-Bennett is passionate about translating infection prevention practices to all settings. In the past year, she has helped implement Clean In, Clean Out, a novel, house-wide hand hygiene program at UNC Hospitals that has engaged more than 4,500 employees throughout the hospital, produced and…

Annual banquet celebrates MLK, helps future leaders

University of North Carolina junior Andrea Stewart never set out to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. She simply enjoyed providing service to her community. So when her plethora of volunteer work helped connect her to King’s legacy as a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award in 2012, she…

Carolina innovation creates jobs, revenue

Startups are a booming business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

More than 150 North Carolina companies have spun out of UNC, many from the University’s research. They generate more than $7 billion in revenue in the state each year, providing nearly 8,000 jobs to residents and 38,000 jobs worldwide.